Classes

Community Gardens Development

Training Series

Community Gardens Development Training (CGDT) provides community residents with technical assistance, leadership training, horticulture education and start-up materials. This training ultimately helps to carry out the mission of the Civic Garden Center, extending the impact to a broad number of people in Cincinnati. This class is also a great resource for folks interested in becoming involved in an existing community garden or vegetable gardening at home. These classes are free of charge! Many classes are hands-on workshops. CGDT is sponsored in part by the Meshewa Farm Foundation.  For information on 2019 CGDT classes contact gpotter@civicgardencenter.org.  Click here to complete an application for the series..

 

January

Plant Adaptations

Tuesday, January 15th, 6-8 pm
Instructor: Greg Torres, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $15 (or free for CGC volunteers; call 513-221-0981 to reserve your spot.)

The intention of this presentation is to introduce several broad concepts about plants so that the audience can understand the deep historical connections between plants and animals. Topics including species biogeography, pollination syndromes and seed dispersal syndromes as well as evolutionary anachronisms in our local forests are sure to leave the listener thinking in a different way about our native ecology. To register click here.

 

February

Beginning Beekeeping

3-part series: Mondays, February 4th, February 11th, February 18th, 6:00-8:30 pm
Instructors: Randy Morgan, Emeritus Curator-Insectarium, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden; Phil Hucke, Certified Arborist, Ray Babcock, President- Southwestern Ohio Beekeepers Association –SWOBA *Together over 55 years of beekeeping experience!
Cost: $50 for series (must register for entire series)
The amazing honey bee is an agriculturally-important pollinator threatened by many human activities. Beekeeping, the art and science of managing honey bees, is a fascinating hobby, fun backyard business and extensive agro-industry. This introductory course is intended to encourage and support interested non-beekeepers. Novice beekeepers are also welcome! Experienced members of the Southwestern Ohio Beekeepers Association (SWOBA) will help you become a successful beekeeper. Sign up now to learn about and experience the joy of beekeeping! This program will answer your questions about: Getting started, use of and ordering equipment, costs, where to place your bees, how to get your bees, protective clothing, etc.  To register click here.

Crop Planning

Tuesday, February 5th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Joshua Jones, Turner Farm
Cost: Free
In this lecture we will cover how to plan for the most productive garden possible. We will be discussing Zone 6a (Greater Cincinnati Area) Seeding Calendars, Crop Planning and Rotation, as well as Succession Planting to maximize your crop production in the home garden arena. This class will include a lecture followed by a Q&A.  To register, call 513-221-0981.

Mediterranean Cooking

Thursday, February 7th, 6-8:30pm
Instructor: Kate Zaidan, Mediterranean Imports at Findlay Market
Cost: $35  Sorry – this class is full
Learn the basics of Mediterranean cooking for food that is healthy, delicious, fast and affordable. The ethos of the Mediterranean Diet is simple: start with super fresh, high quality, whole ingredients and use them to make simple, nourishing dishes. And perhaps most importantly, eat them slowly, with friends (and a glass of wine never hurts!). Class includes generous food samples and wine.  This class is offered in partnership with Communiversity.  To register click here.

Birds and Bugs Flying Puppets

Saturday, February 9th, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Lizzy DuQuette, multi-media artist, illustrator, and teaching artist, & Production Designer for Queen City Opera
Cost: Donation-based, pay what you can. Registrations required; call 513-221-0981 to reserve your spot.
Using everyday objects, make a movable creature puppet to take home. Learn simple puppetry and how we can create movement together. Great for both adults and children!

March

Seed to Cup

Saturday, March 2nd, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Braydon Booher, Educator for Deeper Roots Coffee
Cost: $30  Class is limited to 15 attendees

This class takes a look at the various factors that affect coffee flavor from biology, agriculture and farm level production, to roasting, and last but not least, to the cup on your table. This is an exploration of all things coffee, from seed to cup! We will end the class on a tasting of several different coffees! Class will be held at Deeper Roots Roasting Facility, located at 2108 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45214. To register, click here.

Intermediate Beekeeping

Monday, March 4th, 6:00-8:30 pm
Instructors: , Ray Babcock, President- Southwestern Ohio Beekeepers Association – SWOBA; Randy Morgan, Emeritus Curator-Insectarium, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden; Phil Hucke, Certified Arborist *Together over 55 years of beekeeping experience!
Cost: $20  Class is limited to 30 attendees
This course is designed as continuing education for intermediate beekeepers. Participants should come prepared with a basic understanding of bee biology and management techniques. Topics to be addressed will include pest management, seasonal maintenance, splitting colonies, and swarm management. Time will be allotted for a question and answer period to address specific concerns, and best management practices for keeping bees in Southwest Ohio will be discussed. To register, click here.

Garden Basics: Get Your Garden Growing

Tuesday, March 5, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Greg Torres, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers. Call 513-221-0981 to reserve your spot.)
As spring approaches, important work must be done in the garden to ensure its health and beauty throughout the growing season. Late winter and spring are also great times to plan and plant gardens. This class covers seasonally appropriate work such as pruning and working soil, as well as planting and seed sowing.  This class is offered in partnership with Communiversity.  To register click here.

Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening

Wednesday, March 6th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Dave Koester, Boone County Extension Agent
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers. Call 513-221-0981 to reserve your spot.)
Dave Koester will provide an introduction to organic cultivation practices for the community gardener – how to plant, maintain and harvest your garden. Topics will include timing the vegetable garden; seasonal considerations; variety selection, and companion planting.  To register click here.

Spring Ephemerals

Tuesday, March 12, 10:00 am–11:30 am
Instructor: Greg Torres, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers. Call 513-221-0981 to reserve your spot.)
Springtime in the forests of Southwest Ohio greets us with brief and sudden flashes of flowers. These flowers are collectively known as “spring ephemerals” because of their short bloom time. Taking advantage of early spring light, before being shaded by the leafing out of the deciduous canopy, these small flowers carpet the forest floor with hues of white, yellow and blue. Additionally, many of these spring ephemerals provided an important early season food source for insects limbering up from a cold winter. This class will introduce the participant to some of these early bloomers and provide information on their life histories, and cultivation in your woodland garden.  This class is offered in partnership with Communiversity.  To register click here.

Soil Health

Wednesday, March 13th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Holly Utrata-Halcomb, Executive Director, Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers. Call 513-221-0981 to reserve your spot)
This class will provide an introduction to basic soil science and discuss the importance of conserving and cultivating a biologically active soil to grow healthy plants. The seasonal cycle of soil as well as composting, green manure and cover crops will be reviewed as part of a strategy to build fertile soil. Soil testing kits will be available. The cost of the soil test for Hamilton County residents within a Hamilton County Stormwater District jurisdiction is $5 per test, Limit 2 test kits. For gardeners living outside of a Hamilton County SW Jurisdiction or outside Hamilton County, the fee is $12 per test.  To register click here.

Herbal Housekeeping

Saturday, March 16th, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten
Cost: $20  Class is limited to 20 attendees
Put the green in your Spring clean with Herbal Home Keeping. This D.I.Y. workshop will apply successful techniques and recipes that yield safe, effective, and practical approaches to Herbal Home Keeping. Participants will work hands on to harness the many and regionally available botanicals known for their germ blasting, fragrant, and deep cleaning properties. Using household food grade bases like vinegar, vodka, and citric acid we will create herbal infusions and enhance predetermined bases with essential oils. Most of us are familiar with classic, all natural cleaning approaches, however this workshop really takes traditional recipes and applications to the next level and sends you home with a nice starter kit to jump start your spring cleaning. To register, click here. 

Gardening Healthy Traditions: Perspectives on Nutrition & Food Preparation

Wednesday, March 20th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Lisa C. Andrews, MEd, RD, LD, Owner/Nutrition Consultant Sound Bites Nutrition, LLC and Greg Potter
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Lisa Andrews will provide an overview about nutrition and eating a healthy diet among all of the food groups including whole foods, fruits and vegetables. The topics of growing, cooking, preserving, and eating healthy food will also be covered in this class. To register, click here.

Seed Starting and Thriving Garden Practices

Wednesday, March 27th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Greg Potter, Community Gardens Coordinator, Civic Garden Center
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Seed Starting: Learn the process of starting plants from seeds, indoors and out. Thriving Garden Practices: Learn about crop rotation, beneficial insects, weeding, mulching and more. To register, click here.

Spring Ephemerals

Saturday, March 30, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Instructor: Greg Torres, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Springtime in the forests of Southwest Ohio greets us with brief and sudden flashes of flowers. These flowers are collectively known as “spring ephemerals” because of their short bloom time. Taking advantage of early spring light, before being shaded by the leafing out of the deciduous canopy, these small flowers carpet the forest floor with hues of white, yellow and blue. Additionally, many of these spring ephemerals provided an important early season food source for insects limbering up from a cold winter. This class will introduce the participant to some of these early bloomers and provide information on their life histories, and cultivation in your woodland garden. This class is offered in partnership with Communiversity; class will be held a the Civic Garden Center.To register, click here.

 

April

Spring Backyard Composting

Thursday, April 11th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Kylie Johnson, CGC GLS Coordinator
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Do you want to start a compost pile but have no idea how to even begin? Come learn the basics about composting to get you started. This class is an excellent introduction to why we compost, different styles of composting, and how to compost.  To register, click here.

Herbs

Tuesday, April 16th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Karen Brown
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
In this class you will learn about some of the less common herbs that can be grown in local gardens. The class will focus on perennials, and will include information on how these herbs grow, what soil conditions they prefer, how to care for them, and how to include them in your landscapes. While some information regarding the use of these herbs will be offered, the primary focus in this class will be landscape design concepts. To register, click here.

Smart Gardening

Saturday, April 20th, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Aprilann Pandora, Eden Urban Gardens, LLC.
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Want to learn how to work more efficiently in your garden, reducing wear & tear on your body? We’ll show you work smarter, not harder, covering how to maximize using the tools that make work lighter on your body. To register, click here.

 

May

Spring into Creativity

Saturday, May 18th, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Amy Tuttle, Imago
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)  Class is limted to 15 attendees
Spring is here and we’re busy, busy with garden planning and outdoor adventures! Join us for a lovely creative and reflective workshop in the gardens. We’ll enjoy a little self-care at a Saturday. To register, click here.

Gardening with Deer

Tuesday, May 21st, 6-8pm
Instructor: Greg Torres, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
It’s one of the most frequently asked horticultural questions asked at the Civic Garden Center: How do you garden with the deer? To that end, Gardening with Deer addresses this question in a comprehensive way. First by understanding the creature’s biology and habits we can develop effective strategies to defend our gardens. We will then take a look at the impact deer have on our gardens and the local ecology. Lastly, we will discuss several strategies for defending against deer and native plant selections that resist deer herbivory. To register, click here.

 

Gifts from the Beehive

Saturday, May 25th, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten
Cost: $20  Class is limited to 20 attendees
Gifts from the Hive Apothecary Kit- Using gifts from the hive such as honey, beeswax, and other natural treasures participants will make and take their very own hive inspired apothecary kit. Following an introductory level factoid session about beeswax and honey participants will make and take a pure beeswax candle, a botanically infused honey, and a healing beeswax gardener’s salve. This is a great way to celebrate the almighty bee, enjoy the Civic Garden Center’s observation hive and maybe even learn a new fact, trick of the trade or recipe! To register, click here.